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Third Culture Kids: The Experience of Growing Up Among Worlds [Paperback]

David C. Pollock and Ruth van Reken
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24 Sep 2009
Filled with real-life anecdotes, Third Culture Kids examines the nature of the TCK experience and its effect on maturing, developing a sense of identity and adjusting to one s passport country upon return. For many third culture kids, this book will be their first opportunity to discover that they share a common heritage with countless others around the world. Highlighting dramatic changes brought about by instant communication and new mobility patterns, the new edition shows how the TCK experience is becoming increasingly common and valuable. The authors also expand the coverage to include cross-cultural kids, children of bi-racial or bi-cultural parents, immigrants and international adoptees all of this bringing hidden diversity to our world and challenging our old notions of identity and home .

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing; 2nd Edition edition (24 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781857885255
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857885255
  • ASIN: 1857885252
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Growing up as a TCK has been a gift and has significantly shaped my life and work. As I interact with world leaders one day and with those living in refugee camps the next, I continually draw upon my experience of living among different cultures. I am delighted to see the lessons learned from the traditional TCK experience live on in this new edition of 'Third Culture Kids'.--Scott Gration, Maj. Gen. USAF (RET), President Obama's Special Envoy to Sudan

About the Author

Ruth E. Van Reken, herself an adult TCK and a parent and grandparent of TCKs, is author of one of the first books written about the TCK experience, Letters Never Sent. David C. Pollock worked with TCKs and adult TCKs for more than twenty years and logged thousands of miles conducting seminars and conferences for TCKs, their parents, and sponsoring organizations.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Third Culture Kids is an interesting treatise on the effects on pthe personalities of kids forced (by their parent's decisions) to live outside of their birth country. The term Third Culture Kids, relates to the fact that these kids (and I am one) were neither part of their birth culture nor the culture of the country in which they were transplanted. Hence a third culture was coined to refer to the place between cultures occupied by these kids.

The book is comprehensive and deals with all aspects of how this affects the child and the Adult TCK too. I was particularly encouraged to read about the constant 'grieving' which TCK's find they live in and the affect of the ultra mobile lifestyle in terms of the lack of 'rootedness'. Both aspects that have plagued my life for many years!

A good book, but tends to be a bit too generic! Not everything that we are landed with is the result of living as a TCK!

Also i should say that not everything that stems from being a TCK is negative. The ability to make friends quickly, navigate around new places and discover common traits in any group of people are all good positive traits that this sort of upbringing instills into TCK's!

And as the new President of the USA is an AdultTCK I am in good company!!!
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On returning to the UK after 18 years away (this time) and with an 11-year old child who had never lived in her passport country, I turned to this book for some guidance and ideas on how to make the transition less painful. It is a fascinating book - I raced through the pages. How I wish I had bought this book before! As a TCK myself, it turned out that not only did it have some ideas to help my child but it helped me understand that my instinctive responses to some situations were probably linked to my nomadic childhood, and had probably shaped the way I had guided how to emotionally deal with this move. Reading the book made me reconsider how important it is to look back whilst moving forward, to acknowledge the sadness of saying goodbye and to find a way to celebrate the memories of the places where we used to live. This book is essential reading for anyone who is bringing up children overseas, or who grew up overseas themselves.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A revelation. 10 Nov 2013
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Lived that life and this gave me a comprehensive understanding of feelings, reactions of other people who had not travelled or lived abroad etc.
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